Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What is the overall effect of George Orwell's references to certain senses in describing the death of the elephant in "Shooting an Elephant"?

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Orwell begins by utilizing auditory imagery to describe the death of the elephant, which appeals to the reader's sense of hearing. Orwell writes that he did not hear the bang from the gun but only could hear the "devilish roar of glee" from the surrounding Burmese natives. He then utilizes visual imagery by writing that a "mysterious, terrible change had come over the elephant" shortly after the bullet hits home. He writes that every line in the elephant's body altered in some way and the beast seemed "suddenly stricken, shrunken, immensely old," as if the bullet paralyzed him without knocking him down.

Orwell then appeals to the reader's sense of time by mentioning that after "five seconds," the elephant finally fell to its knees. According to the British officer, an "enormous senility" came over the elephant, and he proceeded to shoot it two more times. The third shot jolted the elephant's body, and the massive animal fell to the ground like "a huge rock toppling." Orwell once again...

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